We have all been there: after accidentally consuming more alcohol than intended, you wake up with a pounding headache, extreme fatigue, and a queasy stomach. Hangovers are only preventable by not drinking at all, and we don’t recommend binge-drinking because it is not good for your health. However, if you have plans to drink alcohol tonight, it is advantageous to take steps now to prevent a hangover. It is not guaranteed that a hangover won’t occur anytime you choose to drink, but if you make certain choices, you are less likely to be suffering in the morning. In this blog, we will give some tips for preventing a hangover.
The most important step you can take before drinking is to hydrate. The entire day before your plans, you should be drinking plenty of water, starting in the morning. Women should drink at least 11 cups of water, while men should make sure to have at least 15 cups. Prioritize drinking water the day before your night out, and you are less likely to be sick in the morning.
Eat healthy meals
If you are planning on drinking later, it is essential that you prioritize eating meals all day long. Start with a healthy breakfast with plenty of protein and fiber, such as oatmeal and quinoa or avocado toast with an egg on top. For lunch, make sure you are getting a combination of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber; a hearty chicken salad with lots of veggies and a side of wheat bread would be a great lunch, for example. Have a snack right before your party with fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates, such as a cheese stick, apple, and two turkey slices.
Eat while drinking
Once you get to your party or event, make sure you are eating as you drink. If it is a party with appetizers, gravitate towards the lean proteins and vegetables. While fried appetizers might sit in your stomach longer, absorbing the alcohol, they will likely exacerbate the hangover symptoms tomorrow, so avoid them.
Alternate alcohol and water
After every alcoholic beverage you have, drink a glass of water. This will keep you hydrated and will also slow your drinking down. Try to only have one alcoholic drink every hour, or limit yourself to a specific amount (like three drinks) before switching to water.
Eat a snack and drink water before bed
When you leave the party and get home, you might feel hungry and want to eat. Instead of going for the nachos, a high-fat food that will likely cause upset stomach in the morning, go for something that is easier to digest, like a piece of toast. Don’t forget to also drink a glass of water before bed!
The next day, you are hopefully not feeling too badly if you have taken these steps. However, you should definitely eat breakfast, regardless of what you choose. Alcohol causes your blood sugar to drop, so you will feel much better after you eat something. If your stomach is upset, go for an easy-to-digest carb, such as toast, fruit, or a bagel.
If you’re feeling up to it, a brisk walk can help your hangover. This gets the oxygen flowing to your blood, helping your body break down the toxins in the alcohol faster. However, don’t go too crazy; today is not the day for two fitness classes back to back. You will get all the benefits you need from moderate aerobic exercise.
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